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post #41 of 104 Old 07-07-2010, 03:14 PM
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Do you really want to risk your mare's welfare over an "OOPS" inbred foal? Especially since you want to compete with your mare without having to worry about foals and foaling and torn vulvas and the age your mare is to be bred? It doesn't seem logical to me. Yes, it might be a good foal with good bloodlines and wantability, but you would most likely end up selling the foal anyway to be trained properly and to spend less money on feed. Vet bills alone from her injury could quite possible top out the money you'd get in return from a buyer. Foals are going for cheap nowadays because everyone just wants a trained horse.

I know it's hard to think about killing a foal, but think about it this way: If you could, would you reverse everything that's happened and go back to before your mare's colt bred and injured her? There would be no foal then either.

Considering the circumstances, I say abort.
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post #42 of 104 Old 07-07-2010, 03:35 PM
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I think one very important thing was missed a bit here. In your initial post, when this first happened you stressed very plainly that you ABSOLUTELY DID NOT want a foal. My guess is that now you're caught up in the "aw, it'll be so cute and huggable" that you are letting it sway you from the bigger picture that you never wanted the foal in the first place. With everything else going against you, better to abort.

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post #43 of 104 Old 07-07-2010, 03:36 PM
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Yep, I'm on the, 'give the mare a shot, she'll sweat a little, and it'll all be over' bandwagon.

No need to bring an oops, inbred foal into the world and risk your mare's life in the process.
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post #44 of 104 Old 07-07-2010, 04:34 PM
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Originally Posted by equiniphile View Post
I know it's hard to think about killing a foal
It is not killing a foal. A foal is a foal when it's born. Before that, it's an embryo and a fetus. This is removing an embryo. OP, what's the latest?

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post #45 of 104 Old 07-07-2010, 04:48 PM
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The stallion, what quality is he? I don't know about over there but here generally if the stallion is not a 1. prize horse or very likely to become one people don't breed to it because the foal won't be marketable.

However I don't see any reason why the potential foal couldn't be registered with WorldFengur.

Also, what a name! RŠkja! I'm guessing she's either a red dun or chestnut?
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post #46 of 104 Old 07-07-2010, 04:56 PM
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I don't buy the argument that it's not really a foal in the womb. It's a horse baby in the womb just like it's a human baby in a human womb. The Lord causes conception in both cases. I'd be in prayer over this decision, therefore.
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post #47 of 104 Old 07-07-2010, 06:25 PM
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Oh, great. This is turning into an "abortion is right/wrong!" thread!

LOL but I would abort it. Its the best option for the mare (who has a torn vulva & is not approved by the vet to breed), you (who doesn't want a foal), and the foal (who has little chance of a great life unless you keep him).

Just, do the right thing, okay?

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post #48 of 104 Old 07-07-2010, 07:54 PM
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Besides what has been said about inbreeding, I totally agree with Northern in that it would be best if you clarify what you want, it sound like you may be confused and making a list of pros and cons of keeping the pregnancy might be usefull to you.
I hope your mare recovers soon.
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post #49 of 104 Old 07-07-2010, 11:12 PM
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2; abort the foal because all my dreams would be crushed if I kept it.
The world has enough lovely horses - I wouldn't put her through that and risk having negative side effects of inbreeding just because she's got nice bloodlines.

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post #50 of 104 Old 07-08-2010, 01:24 AM
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Looks like another thread that the OP has run off.

Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.
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